Auto Masking Made Easy In Lightroom | Who Says You Can’t Edit Precisely In Lightroom?

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Auto Masking Made Easy In Lightroom | Who Says You Can’t Edit Precisely In Lightroom?

Photo editing is where the glamorous allure of photography can fade away quickly. After the initial thrill of shooting has waned, the reality that your work is only half done sets in and you get to work… again. This is why its important to learn how to edit quickly and efficiently without getting sloppy. One tool to help you through your Lightroom labors is the Automatic Mask feature, and in this video by Photonerds University you’ll find that its a tool that can help you generate precise and repeatable results. [RELATED: How To Set-Up Your Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet For Lightroom] What can an automask do for you? An Auto Mask allows you to control where an adjustment is going to be applied. Where is the Auto Mask located? It is located above the Basic Panel at the top right of your window and is actually apart of three different tools: The Adjustment Brush The Radial Filter The Graduated Filter *Note* The Auto Mask features work the same in each tool. In this example, the Graduated Filter is used and as you can see the adjustments are made before applying the mask. Once the mask is applied to the image, the adjustments automatically take effect. However, these adjustments are not permanent, and you can always readjust or cancel them if neccessary. The Graduated Filter is not a precise tool, so in order to refine its application to your needs, you can click on the Brush Tool which will open a panel of adjustments. With this tool, you can apply more of the filter adjustments or remove them. [REWIND: Lens Review: The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 | Pint Sized Powerhouse] BEFORE AFTER [REWIND: How To Transform Your Light With A Simple Speedlight Modifier | Minute Photography] This tool eliminates the tedium of applying and tweaking adjustments one at time and it can come in handy when editing multiple images captured around the same time and in the same setting. It’s quick, it’s powerful, it’s flexible and has a wide range of options to help you get your images where you want them. Here’s the part 2 in case you want just a bit more: Check out some of our other Lightroom tutorials here: 2 Tools That Open The Taps On Lightroom’s Develop Module & Presets Lightroom’s Dark Knight |The Alt/Opt Key Transforms Lightroom In Ways You Likely Don’t Know [Part 1] Presets & This Tool Are What Allow Me to Retouch With Ease & Accuracy In Lightroom If you really do and want to absorb lots of this kind of information, I highly suggest you take a look at the Lightroom Organization & Workflow or the Image Processing Mastery workshops and Premium SLRL Members get access to it all. They’ll get you up to speed, and fast, allowing you to get the most out of this program we spend so...

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Binded Wants To Democratize Copyright, For Free | Here’s How It Works

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Binded Wants To Democratize Copyright, For Free | Here’s How It Works

The seemingly eternal battle creators find themselves in with misappropriation of their images or blatant copyright infringement and theft is exacerbated by a rapidly evolving tech world, and so far, the processes there for protection have been slow to adapt. However, Blockai, a forward thinking company is pushing new boundaries to make life easier for the creative making copyright simple, and free. Copyright, unsurprisingly, can be a heated topic among creatives. In the US, copyright is automatically granted to the author of an original work, that otherwise meets the basic copyright requirements, and registration is not necessary. However, registration cements a copyright holder’s rights, creates the possibility of enhanced “statutory damages” should that copyright be infringed upon and is often considered to be a prerequisite before a lawsuit can be filed. Registration isn’t that expensive, (around $65 for a collection of about 750 photos) but unfortunately, most photographers forget or just choose not to register their images. [REWIND: COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION: HOW TO COPYRIGHT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS] Registering is relatively easy (as any government website can be) and there are services, like ImageRights, that help register your works with the Copyright Office, but if you are registering photos, say one a month, there is nothing that prevents issues in-between registering sessions. The company and service Blockai, helped cover photographers’ copyright and all the photographers have to do is inserts a simple hashtag and use the power of the bitcoin blockchain. Blockai has since evolved since we last wrote about them and they are even more determined to help creatives fight copyright issues. BINDED Built on the platform of Blockai, Binded is a technology platform making copyright simple – digital photographers and artists use it to protect their work, for free. Since launching, Binded has collected over 10 million copyright records and has raised over $1.5 million from Mistletoe, Vectr Ventures, Asahi Shimbun, Sterling Ventures, Social Starts, M&Y Growth Partners, Tokyo Founders Fund and Scott & Cyan Banister. Recently, they have raised $950k to democratize copyright. The new round of funding will build new integrations and add the ability to register copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. Soon they will add this ability to easily register copyrights and add Lightroom integration. Excitingly, Binded will search the web to find copyright infringements and will be launching this week. How does it work? When you create an image you simple put it within the Binded vault (a private space to file your image copyrights) and for every image put in your vault, they create a fingerprint and write a permanent record to the bitcoin blockchain (they’re working on integration with every major platform and currently have it with Instagram and Twitter – you can also do this even if you’ve already published your image). What does Binded actually do for you? Your image is monitored for copyright infringement, and if any if found they...

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How to professionally photograph glassware with one speedlight and a kit lens

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to professionally photograph glassware with one speedlight and a kit lens

Photographer Dustin Dolby is known for his comprehensive tutorials all of us can try out at home. After a series of excellent wine photography tutorials, he has issued the latest one – about photographing glassware with minimal gear, but professional results. You need to pour that wine into something, right? Like his previous setups, this […] The post How to professionally photograph glassware with one speedlight and a kit lens appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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How to match the colors between different photos in Photoshop

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

How to match the colors between different photos in Photoshop

What I’m going to do is I’m going to show you how to match the colors between backgrounds and objects once you’ve cut them out and combined the different photos or otherwise known as compositing. So what I’ve done here is I’ve grabbed some photographs from Adobe Stock. So I grabbed the photograph here of […] The post How to match the colors between different photos in Photoshop appeared first on DIY Photography.        Share...

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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

2017 Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Memorial Day is just around the corner! To begin the Memorial Day celebrations a little early this year, we’re offering the following discounts on our photography education and resources: $100 Off Annual Premium Memberships (BEST VALUE) 20% Off ANY Workshop in the Store. Code: MEMORIAL2017When: Today – Monday, May 28th, 2016. How do I get these discounts? Go to our Premium Membership Page or our Store Add your membership or your selected workshops to your cart Use the code MEMORIAL2017 upon checkout This is your chance to get a great deal on some of our best-selling items like our newest Wedding Workshops and our Lightroom Education. Premium Membership Info        Share...

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Lens Review: The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 | Pint Sized Powerhouse

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Featured, Photography Tips

Lens Review: The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 | Pint Sized Powerhouse

In the early days of the A7, Sony’s full frame E-mount lens lineup was a bit thin. At most focal lengths photographers had only one lens choice, and at some, none at all. Zeiss was the first to offer an 85mm, and that first lens in the Batis line was more popular than even Zeiss could have anticipated. It was on backorder for months before anyone could keep it in stock. Then with the arrival of the G Master line, Sony introduced their own excellent 85mm f/1.4 GM. Both of these lenses, however, were quite expensive; the Zeiss being $1200, and the Sony $1800. So, in early 2017, Sony announced a new, affordable option: the FE 85mm f/1.8, priced at $600. Photographers, myself included, were understandably eager to see how the lens would perform, with the same basic specs as the Zeiss but for half the money. I’ve had a chance to take this lens on a few shoots, and I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint. Without delving too deeply into the technical minutiae, I’ve compiled my thoughts below, along with some samples, for your ogling, pixel-peeping pleasure. F/2.2, 1/1000, ISO 100 | Colored to taste in Capture One. BUILD While it may not look as elegant or refined as the Zeiss Batis, this lens is well built. It’s not a tank, and I wouldn’t suggest you make a practice of dropping it, but it feels solid and the focus ring is smooth and responsive. The barrel is made primarily of hard, sturdy, black plastic, while the mount and filter thread are all metal. The lens hood is a slightly flimsier type of plastic, presumably for weight savings, but hearty enough for frequent use. Overall, the lens feels good in the hand, while remaining lightweight, balancing very well on the small-but-mighty A7 series bodies. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format (127.5mm on an APS-C e-mount) Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22 One Extra-Low Dispersion Element Double Linear AF Motor Customizable Focus Hold Button Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm The lens also claims to be dust and moisture resistant, but upon a cursory examination of the seals, I wouldn’t personally be comfortable using it in anything more than a light rain shower. Luckily, I live in Los Angeles, where weather sealing is less of a priority. A nice touch on this 85 is the focus hold button that’s found on the lens barrel which can be used to hold the focusing position, or can be set in-camera to control various other functions. Image Quality Paired with my A7Rii, this lens delivers the goods, and I never found it to lack sharpness. Even at its widest aperture, it renders a striking degree of detail, and only gets better when stopped down a bit. Resolving sharply and without blur from a 42 megapixel sensor is a tall task for any lens, and this...

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